FINLAND

Saija Lodge Wilderness Adventures

Husky sledding at Saija Lodge
from £1839 7 nights | Dec - Apr Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Dec - Apr

Overview

Located in the area of Kuusamo Lapland, amid an unspoilt wilderness of frozen lakes, snowy forests and open plains, Saija Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy a fun filled winter escape. The cosy wooden lodge offers traditional Finnish hospitality and a peaceful atmosphere to relax after the day’s exertions. With a variety of inclusive packages to suit the adventurous, this is also a great spot for northern lights viewings.

Who for? Those looking for an action-packed holiday, and the opportunity to see the northern lights, in a beautiful natural setting.

Highlights

  • unspoilt location in Finnish Lapland
  • traditional lodge accommodation
  • stay in a rustic wilderness cabin
  • inclusive husky adventure
  • chance to witness the northern lights

Situated on the shores of Lake Jokijarvi, Saija Lodge comprises of a main building built in traditional Finnish style completely out of wood with a homely restaurant and reception area. In the other log houses are 19 comfortable apartment-style rooms, each with their own sitting area, bathroom and sauna. 

The lodge has its own husky farm, with over 100 huskies, and a wilderness cabin used for overnight trips in unspoilt surroundings with cosy rustic accommodation and a sauna (but no shower or indoor WC). Meals here are prepared over an open fire, the perfect place to sit in the evening and reflect on the day's adventures.

There is a choice of two adventure packages - one a 7 night Husky Adventure for those wanting to spend the whole trip getting close to the lovely sled dogs and another week long package which includes a variety of classic Lapland activities such as husky sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and visiting a reindeer farm. And being in the wilderness there's a good chance of seeing the northern lights, the icing on the cake! More about the aurora »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Husky Adventure - 7 nights
Day 1: arrive Oulu
Fly to Oulu Airport (Saturday arrival via Helsinki) arriving at 18:05. On arrival you are met and transferred (2 hours 30 minutes) to the Saija Lodge. This evening a welcome dinner is served.

Day 2: introduction day
Meet the guide who will show you around the facilities, give you a detailed briefing about the week's schedule and get you kitted out with winter clothing.

Day 3: meet the huskies
Begin with an introductory meeting to discuss the safety aspects of dog sledding and an insight on how to lead your own team of huskies and the equipment being used. You will then meet the dogs and learn the art of mushing. Each guest is responsible for their own team of 4-6 huskies, taking care of their needs throughout the safari. Then head out on the trails for a short practice run of approximately 13km to get acquainted with your eager team and learn the skills as you travel through the snowy landscape, with only the sound of the excited huskies breaking the silence.

Day 4: husky safari
Following the previous day’s practice run, take to the trails again for a longer safari of approximately 25-35km over frozen lakes and through stunning forests. Stop for lunch around an open fire before continuing back to Saija.

Day 5: overnight safari
A 2 day safari takes you through the beautiful winter scenery as you now take full responsibility of your dog team on this ultimate trip. Get the huskies prepared, feed them when required and get them settled for the evening at the overnight wilderness cabin. Work with your fellow travellers to light the fire and get the food prepared for cooking over the open fire and enjoy a well deserved sauna to relax. With the fire burning you’ll soon fall asleep in the silent wilderness.

Day 6: return to Saija
The dogs will provide your early alarm call as they wait for the signal to continue the journey. After breakfast and preparing the dogs once again, take to the trails heading back to the lodge. Lunch will be served en route around an open fire before finally arriving back at Saija in time to relax before dinner.

Day 7: at leisure
You may wish to have a quiet day relaxing around the lodge or perhaps hire some snowshoes or cross-country skis to explore the surrounding area. Alternatively, you can opt to join one of the other optional winter activities available to book locally.

Day 8: depart Saija Lodge - UK
An early breakfast before taking the transfer to Oulu airport in time for the internal flight to Helsinki which departs at 14.10 and then home.
Saija's Winters Dream - 7 nights
Day 1: UK - Oulu
Fly to Oulu Airport (Saturday arrival via Helsinki) arriving at 18:05. On arrival you are met and transferred (2 hours 30 minutes) to the Saija Lodge. This evening a welcome dinner is served.

Day 2-7: winter activities
On day 2 you will receive information about the hotel and facilities available. Then a briefing about the week ahead and get kitted out with the winter clothing. There are several excursions included on this trip and the exact order will be confirmed locally. The different activities include: Cross-Country Skiing (2 hours); Short Husky Trip (2 hours); Snowmobile Safari (5 hours); Snowshoeing (3 hours); Husky Day Safari (4-6 hours); Reindeer Farm Visit (4 hours). There are also other optional activities to take part in once in resort and booked locally.

Day 8: Oulu - UK
An early breakfast before taking the transfer to Oulu airport in time for the internal flight to Helsinki which departs at 14.10 and then home.
Notes
  • The weather in Finland can cause serious delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Finland will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.

Accommodation Options

Saija Lodge

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Guesthouse

Stay in stunning Finnish Lapland, home to a cosy lodge a…

Prices & Dates

Husky Adventure - 7 nights

Per person prices from02 Dec 17 to 07 Apr 18
Twin £1,939
Single £2,277

Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room.

Prices include return flights between the UK and Oulu via Helsinki; return transfers to/from Saija Lodge; 6 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities and sauna based on full board; introduction day; Husky introduction safari (3 hrs); Husky Safari (6 hrs); 2 day husky safari with night in wilderness cabin and winter clothing.

Departure Dates

WINTER 2017-2018

02, 09, 16, 23, 30 December 2017
06, 13, 20, 27 January 2018
03, 10, 17, 24 February 2018
03, 10, 17, 24, 31 March 2018
07 April 2018

Saija's Winters Dream - 7 nights

Per person prices from02 Dec 17 to 07 Apr 18
Twin £1,839
Single £2,177
 
Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room. 


Prices include
return flights between the UK and Oulu via Helsinki; return transfers to/from Saija Lodge; 7 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities and sauna based on full board; cross country skiing (2hrs); Husky Safari - introduction (2hrs); Snowmobile safari (5hrs); snowshoeing (3hrs); Husky safari (6hrs); reindeer farm visit (4hrs) and winter clothing.

Departure Dates

WINTER 2017-2018

02, 09, 16 December 2017
06, 13, 20, 27 January 2018
03, 10, 17, 24 February 2018
03, 10, 17, 24, 31 March 2018
07 April 2018

Please note, prices are a guide only and are based on the lowest available fare with scheduled airlines. Should this be unavailable a supplement will apply, to be advised at time of confirming your booking.  All prices are subject to availability. Flights can be limited in peak season, especially during the festive period. We highly recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment. It may be necessary to stay overnight in Helsinki before taking the connecting flight.

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